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2017 Legislative Update for Florida’s Community Association Laws: Part III

On July 1st, the 2017 amendments to the Florida Statutes affecting community associations became effective.  The 2017 legislative amendments to the Condominium Act and Homeowners Association Act are substantial.  This post is Part III in a blog series detailing these … Read Full Post

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2017 Legislative Update for Florida’s Community Association Laws: Part II

On July 1st, the 2017 amendments to the Florida Statutes affecting community associations became effective.  The 2017 legislative amendments to the Condominium Act and Homeowners Association Act are substantial.  This post is Part II (click here for part I) in … Read Full Post

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2017 Legislative Update for Florida’s Community Association Laws: Part I

On July 1st, the 2017 amendments to the Florida Statutes affecting community associations became effective.  The 2017 legislative amendments to the Condominium Act and Homeowners Association Act are substantial.  This post is Part I in a blog series detailing these … Read Full Post

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Prohibitions Against “SLAPP” Suits: What Associations and Their Managers Need to Know

Both the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act and the Condo Act contain prohibitions against so-called “SLAPP” suits; SLAPP stands for “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation”. The condominium anti-SLAPP suit statute is found at §718.1224 and the homeowners’ anti-SLAPP suit statute is … Read Full Post

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Case Law Update: What a Recent Appellate Decision Can Tell Associations Seeking Their Attorney’s Fees for Litigation

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals recently handed down a decision in the matter of Gonzalez v. Int’l Park Condominium I Association, Inc. that is instructive for associations and their attorneys when associations become involved in litigation and seek payment … Read Full Post

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Is Your Master Community Association Actually a Condominium Association Under Florida Law?

The evolution of planned development communities within the State of Florida has been quite fascinating.  Nowadays, the development of massive communities with abundant and extravagant amenities, numerous planned phases and multiple overlapping associations is common.  Some communities have multi-condominium associations; … Read Full Post

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Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Responsibility Within Your Condominium Association

Damage to condominium property and the inevitable ensuing argument over the party responsible for the cost of repair is a familiar scenario for many association members.  Unit owners, board members and association managers are often unsure of which entity is … Read Full Post

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Homeowners’ Associations in Florida and the Marketable Record Title Act: Are Your Governing Documents Still Valid?

By: James O. Birr, III Florida homeowner and condominium associations’ governing documents (declaration, bylaws and articles of association) are critical for maintaining order and enforcing rules and regulations.  These governing documents are recorded in the public records of the county … Read Full Post

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Why Associations and Their Managers Need to Be Wary of Debt Collections Practices and Laws

By: Adam B. Edgecombe, Esq. The fairly recent case of Agrelov v. Affinity Management Services, LLC, Case No. 15-14136, (11th Cir., November 9, 2016), is instructive for associations and their managers with respect to debt collections, and the trouble that … Read Full Post

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Community Association Reserve Funding: Pooled Method vs. Component Method

Reserve funding for certain common element items is required for community associations under Florida law. Specifically, condominium associations must fund reserves for roof replacement, building painting, pavement resurfacing and any other item that has a maintenance expense or replacement cost exceeding $10,000. Fla. Stat. § 718.112(2)(f). For homeowners’ associations, if the developer initially established reserve accounts or the members affirmatively elect to provide for reserves, then the association must fund those reserve items in future budgets. Fla. Stat. § 720.303(6)(b). Read Full Post

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